3 Clear Signs You’ve Got a Sewer Problem

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sewerNobody likes having to deal with sewer repairs, but if the signs are there, you can’t ignore them. If you do, you’re not only going to have a huge mess on your hands, but the problem with your sewer pipes may worsen.

Here’s what you need to be on the watch for.

Slow Drains.

One of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your sewer is a slow drain. When the line gets clogged, your sink, shower, and bathtub will have trouble draining. If only one is having a problem draining, then the issue is with the utility, but if multiple drains are slow, then there’s a problem with your sewer line.

Foul Odor.

Another of the most common (and perhaps the most obvious) sign that there’s a problem is a foul odor. When a line breaks, it’ll cause terrible odors to thoroughly penetrate your home. If you smell rotten sewage coming from your sink, shower, or toilet, it could be the result of a problem in your line. Even if there’s no break, a foul odor is still a clear sign that you need to call a plumber.

Shifting Water.

Lastly, you may have an issue with your line if the water in your toilet is constantly rising and lowering unexpectedly. You might even notice that your toilet’s water goes from full to empty without even being flushed.

There are several reasons why you may be experiencing these problems. It could be that your sewer is more than 40-years-old and in need of replacing. It may also be because tree roots are intruding on your pipes, which is why sewer lines should be located more than 10-feet away from trees.

Whatever the issue, you’d be wise to invest in trenchless sewer repairs. Traditional pipe replacement digs up your lawn and sets you up for the same problems to happen again in five to 10 years, while trenchless methods have a lifespan of 100 years and are built to deflect tree roots and resist chemicals.

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